Associated Press

Associated Press 21 May 2020

Texas music program succeeds with online learning


Music students at St. Michael's Catholic Academy used online tools long before the virus shuttered classrooms. Teacher Steve Moreland says it eased the transition to distance learning, and plans to share his modern curriculum with other schools. (May 21)

Na'Asia Hawkins, 18, was five months away from graduating high school when Washington. D.C., moved to online learning because of the coronavirus outbreak. For two weeks, Hawkins had no computer or Internet as her two-year-old son vied for her attention while she tried to complete her schoolwork on her phone.

The traditional D.C. public school system estimates that about 30 percent of its 52,000 students lack Internet access or computers at home. For some schools, that percentage is far higher.
While many American universities and colleges already offered online degree programs, the coronavirus pandemic has forced most schools to do away with formal classes and shift all course work online. But both students and educators are reporting frustration with the new normal, as VOA's Bronwyn Benito explains.
Some small businesses are reporting serious problems in getting their products to customers through online sales. Meanwhile, Canada Post is advising customers to expect delays because it is dealing with increased parcel volumes.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton reacts live and shares his response and opinion after a judge sentenced a mother to one week in jail for reopening her Dallas-based salon amid various non-essential business lock-down orders. - with Newsmax TV's Bob Sellers and Corrina Sullivan

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